See below for the areas I specialise in, and do get in touch if you would like to talk.
Creating a Career Breaks Company
In 2014 I started my own venture, _SocialStarters with Anna Moran. Since February 2015 we’ve seen over 150 brilliant professionals #JoinUs on our mission to provide pro bono support and training to entrepreneurs tackling issues in their communities. We’ve done this in Kenya, India, Sri Lanka & Brazil, generating over $300,000 of in-kind professional consultancy services to the entrepreneurs who need this support the most.
Prior to this, I developed a youth-run community magazine into a national media brand run by young people, with a youth-run social media team who ensured we continued to be funded by youth brands (instead of the government), for 3 years. Partnerships included the Guardian, Google/YouTube & Dazed & Confused. I did this at the award winning marketing and youth communications agency Livity.
Prior to that I generated over £2m in commercial revenue for some of the world’s biggest news media brands including The Times/Sunday Times, The Sun & News Of The World.
Content Creation & Amplification
I am an avid blogger, writer, editor and creator of engaging marketing content. I talk about travel, the trials and tribulations of running a business, social entrepreneurship, volunteering, personal development and life/love/relationships – all the things that make for a 21st century life & career. I have been creating content since I made my first teen magazine when I was 12 years old, so you can imagine the joy when I went on to work for Smash Hits when I was in my early 20s. I have made short films, engaging email campaigns, ebooks on topics around career breaks and travel, and have spent a considerable amount of time working with creatives to produce high quality marketing assets.
Since I first set up WeAreSocialStarters, i’ve grown it to see visits from over 51,000 unique users around the world. Our community are made up of aspiring social entrepreneurs, corporate volunteers, career breakers, career changers and people interested in travelling with purpose, doing something different, starting up their own venture or who care about international development.
I have created content and campaigns for: adidas, Nike, Converse, PwC, Australia Tourism, the Cabinet Office, The Young Urban Arts Foundation, Barclays, Penguin, Walker Books, Visit Britain, The Sunday Times Wine Club amongst others.
Problem Solver, Mentor, Business & Career Coach
I have 15 years experience consulting to brands, charities, media, and government about how they can build communities, grow sales and drive revenue through marketing and advertising. In 2013 I spent 18 months freelancing to social enterprises in the UK to help them know where to focus to more be sustainable. Since 2014 I have consulted, coached and mentored a considerable amount of professionals in their own start-up journeys and career endeavours.
If you’d like to talk about your business, start-up or coaching requirements, say firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning & Development
Through Social Starters I created a learning curriculum for professionals who were interested in learning about social entrepreneurship around the world and in developing countries. As a result I have been delivering workshops & talks on the following themes:
Consultancy Tools & Techniques
Personal Development Topics
I love the feeling I get from seeing people learn in the environments I create for them. I pride myself on creative learning, using practical application where possible so learning isn’t just theoretical. I use thought provoking materials and adapt the content for each learner group. And I always ensure I bring my own story to the learning environment, showing up with authenticity – I used to be utterly terrified of public speaking, and found a way (through working on myself and putting myself in the line of fire) to overcome my fear on that.
I can be booked for a workshop, training course, talk or session, just say email@example.com